TV Land‘s single-camera pilot Impastor is a go for production with the casting of Smallville alum Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville’s Lex Luthor) as the title character. Originally picked up as cast-contingent, Impastor, from veteran comedy writer Christopher Vane, centers on a lowlife on the run from his debts (Rosenbaum) who hides away in a small town by conning its residents into thinking he’s their newly hired gay pastor. Vane wrote the script and is executive producing alongside Eric and Kim Tannenbaum as well as Rosenbaum. They are joined by comedy veteran Robert Greenberg, who also will executive produce and direct the pilot. Rosenbaum, repped by APA and Untitled, previously took a comedic turn on the Fox single-camera series Breaking In and co-starred on the NBC half-hour pilot Mission Control this past season. – Deadline
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- The SEASON PREMIERE EVENT continues with these digital-first stories!
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Zap2It has posted an article of Smallville star Tom Welling and his wife Jamie talking to Robert Dover on his radio show to discuss life post-Clark Kent.
“In the season finale, we address the future between Clark and Lois. I think that what you’ll see is that Clark is destined to be alone. It’s the hero’s burden,” he says. Don’t freak out, Clark/Lois shippers. “You’ll see in the finale that of course, there is a future between Clark and Lois in the world of Superman. It’s how they get there that I think will be very entertaining.”
Another huge part of the finale? Michael Rosenbaum is back as Lex Luthor.
“It’s the worst kept secret in television history,” Tom laughs. He won’t spill much about the return, but he does say, “The scene between Clark and Lex is one of my favorites, for sure.”
When asked about the “no flights, no tights” tagline that’s been thrown around for several years — implying that Welling would not be seen flying or wearing the Superman costume on “Smallville” — Welling laughs. “It’s funny that you asked that. I’m doing some press over the last few weeks… and I got an email from Warner Bros politely requesting that I not answer that question.”
He does, however, give us some exciting hints:
“The final image of what you’ll see at the end of ‘Smallville’… makes me so proud and makes the hair on my arms stand up. It’s something that people have wanted to see for a long time and it’ll fulfill what they’ve been waiting for.”
The truth is now out there: Lois and Clark will be heading for a wedding when the CW series’ grand finale airs May 13, and TV Guide Magazine has a first-look photo from the ceremony. I can now tell you that with the big day promising big drama, Clark should be content to know that not only will his mother, Martha (played by Annette O’Toole), be on hand for the ceremony, but so will dad Jonathan (John Schneider) – talk about your very special guests! Speaking of curious finale reunions, I see that many fans are expecting the returning Lex to have at least one scene with his also-”resurrected” father, Lionel. Alas, a source tells me that although John Glover is in the series finale, he and Michael Rosenbaum in fact did not get to shoot any new scenes together.
Also, E! Online has posted something about the Tess and Lex scene in the finale.
ginnytwin: You were kind enough to provide Smallville spoilers last week, so how about some more?
Your wish, our command. Cassidy Freeman is super excited about her scene with Lex (Michael Rosenbaum) in the finale, and she thinks you should be too! “Their scene is epic,” she tells us giddily. “But I think even if we were just having tea and crumpets it would be epic, because we have never met before.”
TV Line has posted a video promoting the big showdown between Clark Kent and Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum returns!).
Michael Rosenbaum shared with TV Line a surprising fact about his encore as Lex Luthor for the Smallville series finale.
Turning to your Smallville encore: Tom Welling told me that it was if you had never left, that you both just jumped right back into the whole Clark-Lex thing.
I have to say, that was the most amazing time, going back. There were people who worked on that crew that aren’t even working on the show anymore that came to see me. It was like a family I hadn’t seen in a while. People don’t know this, but I got nervous. I was really nervous. To jump back into that role and start quoting Sun Tzu, and I’m looking at Tom…? It felt so surreal. I was going, “Can I do this?” And finally you just do it! And believe it or not I’m actually glad I shaved my head all those years, because the bald cap [used in the series finale] is a bitch! It took like 2-1/2 hours to get on, and it is not the most comfortable thing.
See Lex back on Smallville May 13 for the series finale.
Cassidy Freeman spoke with TV Line about her latest run-in with Clark Luthor, as well as previewed the moment many have waited for: Tess meeting her other brother, Lex.
What is Tess’ reaction when she realizes that Clark Luthor is once again among us?
Her reaction to Clark Luthor is always one of skepticism, but also one of attraction in that it’s someone who’s superpowerful. It’s a different persona of the same person that she knows, and they also share such a history but in an alternate world, so she’s intrigued that he knows her but she doesn’t really know him. It’s an unfair relationship.
Speaking of the finale, Tom told me he spent a whole day working with Michael Rosenbaum. As Lex’s sister, were you also able to get a piece of the action?
I did get a piece of it, and it was awesome.
Was it anything remotely resembling the “throwdown” you wished for when I spoke to you at the 200th episode party (see video below)?
I have to say, it wasn’t stunt-heavy, but it is a beautiful scene. And it was really cool getting to work with Michael after so long. All the stories I had heard about him were pretty much perfect to a T, so I felt like I knew him before I knew him.
IGN spoke to Cassidy Freeman about the final episodes, at long last getting to work with Michael Rosenbaum and more on what to expect as the end approaches. Here are the highlights.
So let me ask about finally getting to work with Michael Rosenbaum.
Yeah. I’ve been calling him “Rosendouche,” not to his face, for so long. I finally got to call him Rosendouche to his face! People told me so many stories about him and he was obviously a presence that was very missed on set. I never felt that people thought I was taking his place, but it was nice. It felt like a completing of the story, bringing him back and him coming back. So yeah, it was very satisfying.
What else can you say about what’s to come for Tess in the final episodes of the show?
This is what I love about the end and Tess, is that in the finale — and this whole season kind of, since she found out she’s a Luthor — she has this big question mark over her head. And you know, there are those moments where Oliver and Clark are like, “Can we trust her?” And finding out she’s adopted and all this emotional stuff.
She has a choice. She has a very human choice in the show, whether she wants to be good or she wants to be bad. And she knows that going with one team means one thing and going with one team means the other. And she can’t play both sides of the coin. One team has accepted her and is good and she feels good [with them]. And one team is her family. And we all feel some connection to our family. Blood is thicker than water and all that. That’s her big decision in the finale and it’s a cool, human thing to have on a show filled with superheroes.
TV Squad caught up with Smallville executive producer Kelly Souders and discussed with her the long-awaited return of Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum), what’s in store for the show’s most enduring couples and what fans can expect from the final episodes. Here are the highlights, beware of SPOILERS.
I’m sure you’re trying to keep all of the details about Lex’s scenes under wraps, but what can you tease about Michael Rosenbaum’s return?
It was just a blast. It was really wonderful to have him back; he’s full of energy and he just — in my mind — has created such a lovable and hateable character at the same time, which is a real feat. So, yeah, seeing those dailies come in was exciting, to put it mildly.
A lot of characters have been married on the show before, so how did you tackle Clark and Lois’ wedding, and how do you intend to make it different from what we’ve seen before?
Well, you know, actually, what’s interesting is that Peter Roth, who’s the head of television at Warner Bros. — and I really don’t think there’s a bigger fan of ‘Smallville’ than Peter Roth. He’s just fantastic — he actually had a lot of impact on the wedding. Really, it was a meeting that we had with him that kind of helped Brian and I go off into the creative direction that we did. I think that what we tried to do is just sort of stay true to who they are as characters. It’s a little bit of a different wedding than we’ve seen; it’s certainly them.
Can you talk about Jonathan (John Schneider) and Martha’s (Annette O’Toole) role in the final two episodes?
Yeah, I think it was very important for Brian and myself that we pay tribute to not only what the show has become over the years, but also sort of what was the heart of the show at the beginning. I think for us, when it started out, this was really a family show, and I think that Martha and Jonathan’s impact on Clark and the series was certainly monumental. So, paying homage to that and showing that they still have a place in his life, even though it has perhaps changed, was something that was very important to us.
EW has posted a short interview with Smallville executive producer Brian Peterson who talks about the final episodes of Smallville including the return of Michael Rosenbaum as Lex Luthor. Here are the highlights.
Everybody that is in the finale plays a supporting role in Clark [Tom Welling] getting toward his ultimate moment. And Michael is no different from the other characters in that, and he’s very important. But it’s about Clark.
The first one back, “Kent,” it’s kind of a thriller that is really heartwarming. And then we have “Booster” that is this really fun, glossy superhero that’s come to town and thrown a wrench in Clark’s plans. After that, we have a really cool, kind of Clark all-over quest. And then we come to “Prophecy,” which pushes us off in a really big, emotional way with a surprise and a twist toward the finale. The characters have a big, emotional journey going into the finale, but [those episodes also explain] a little bit of the mythology thread we’ve woven through the season. It really revs that up. So we get to see our big baddie coming as we go toward the finale.
Booster – It’s a great episode because it’s not only fun, but it also tells a really good, deep story about heroism. And then it’s really fun because right after that, we go into Justin Hartley’s directorial debut. And so we have Tom and Justin back-to-back directing. They’re two really different episodes, but both wildly cool.
Dominion – That’s the return of Zod…. The way we bring back Zod is, I think, really fun, and it’s fun to see Oliver interacting with Zod. But the way we leave it, hopefully fans will really enjoy the way we leave Zod and will recognize the final image of him very clearly.
Courier Press has recently caught up with Michael Rosenbaum and asked him about returning to “Smallville” to as Lex Luthor.
“I just felt like it was the right thing to do,” said Rosenbaum.
“I felt the fans created the show and they followed me at such a level that I couldn’t say no. I was starting to hear voices. I felt after 160 episodes, that was it. But the fans didn’t think so. I’m doing it for them. I’ve got to make the fans happy. Lex is an integral part of the show. No one expects a show to last 10 years. I gave them seven years and I thought it was pretty commendable. Now it’s been on three more years. Clark is starting to look like he’s in his 30s.”
“Obviously there’s unfinished business between Clark and Lex that have got to get resolved,” said Rosenbaum, who left the show three years ago for personal reasons. “Our future is depending on it.”
Unlike his earlier appearances, he plans to wear a bald cap.
“There are other projects that I am working on that require hair,” Rosenbaum said, laughing. “It takes four months to grow back.”
Hot on the heels of the news that Smallville will have a two-hour series finale, the CW has decided to re-air the pilot episode, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
On Friday, April 8 (8/7c), you can relive the very first hour of Smallville, which originally aired on October 16, 2001, on The WB.
The episode features the crash-landing of Kal-El in Smallville, before jumping ahead 12 years to a teenaged Clark Kent (Tom Welling) saving a reckless Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum) in a car accident, kicking off their iconic friendship-turned-rivalry-to-be.
Coming full circle, Rosenbaum is set to reprise the role of Lex in the series finale, airing Friday, May 13.
Michael Rosenbaum returning to Smallville for series finale – TV Guide